Bradford City have announced the departure of Paudie O’Connor as he joins Lincoln City.
The Bantams offered the defender a contract extension at the end of the season although he has turned that down to make the move up to League One.
The 24-year-old first arrived at Valley Parade on loan in the 2018/19 season and after impressing, was signed permanently.
He has proved to be a popular addition to the side over the past number of years having won the player of the year award in the past two seasons and going on to make over 100 appearances for City.
He will no doubt be missed at the club and the defender has sent a message to supporters via Twitter as he said: “I’ve loved every minute playing for this football club over the last 3 and a half years. It hasn’t always been easy but I made some great memories and leaving knowing I left everything out there every time I got to represent the club. I’d like to thank everybody at the club for the help and support while I’ve been here it’s massively appreciated. Lastly to the supporters you’ve been unbelievable with me since day 1 and wish you and the club nothing but success for the future, it’s been a pleasure!”
I’d like to thank everybody at the club for the help and support while I’ve been here it’s massively appreciated. Lastly to the supporters you’ve been unbelievable with me since day 1 and wish you and the club nothing but success for the future, it’s been a pleasure! ❤️💛
— Paudie O'Connor (@Paudie97) June 13, 2022
O’Connor is the first player to turn down a new contract from Bradford this summer which has put them in a fairly strong position as they face the new season although they will now be looking for a defensive replacement.
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This is a bit of bad news for Bradford as O’Connor has been a great addition to the team over the last number of years.
However, they are in a good position now compared to the last number of years where they will feel in a comfortable place to seek a replacement for the departing defender with the confidence that it won’t be an underwhelming one.
You can understand the 24-year-old’s decision to leave.
Although Bradford sit in a promising position going into the new season and will be pushing for promotion, there’s no guarantee they will go up whereas he is now preparing for life in League One with Lincoln.
However, his message to the fans shows he clearly enjoyed his time at the club and is a nice touch as he says goodbye to the club.